The Memory of Running (Ron Mclarty) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Fiction Author: M section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…
London: Time Warner Books, 2005, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Smithson Ides life so far has led him nowhere. Hes forty-three years old, weighs too much, and keeps himself numb with food and alcohol. His only emotional ties are to his parents and to the memory of his older sister, Bethany, wk has been missing for twenty years. Then his parer die in a car crash and he learns of Bethanys death in LA County. Suddenly there isnt enough beer in the world to keep Smithy from his feelings.
Drunk and bereft, he takes his old Raleigh bicycle and starts cycling. Once he starts, he finds he cant stop and then hes riding across America to recover his sister. Along the way he meets all sorts of people who help or hinder him. He hears the confession of a priest; he rescues a boy from a snow storm; he has a gun pointed in his face; hes hit by a truck and helps a man dying of AIDS.
Smithys ride is an extraordinary quest, to rediscover the past and memories of Bethany, but its also his journey back to life and love.
A debut novel thats intelligent, original and wonderfully offbeat, with a central character reminiscent of Forrest Gump, The Memory of Running heralds the arrival of a fantastic new writing talent.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Blue boards with Red titling to the Spine. 406 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.